The capital of Russia has a lot of power pulsating through its veins, and the best things to do in Moscow indicate just that. From imposing architecture to broad avenues lined with shops and restaurants, this is a fast-paced city that is revelling in its new-found riches. It’s a place that hasn’t forgotten its history: be it under tzar-rule or as part of the Soviet Union. Founded in the twelfth-century, Moscow emerged as a leading metropolis. Although somewhat demoted under Peter the Great who moved the capital to St Petersburg, it continued to prosper as an important cultural and economic centre and became the country’s capital again in 1917 after the Bolsheviks took power. The past few decades have seen much of the city become cleaner and safer, with new building and construction work bringing transport links and infrastructure up to date. Plus, it’s now home to cool contemporary art galleries and trendy restaurants that make the most of local ingredients.
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